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Indo-Tibetan History, Philosophy and Culture HPA276

Taught in India by exchange arrangement; may be taken by students who are not enrolled at University of Tasmania.


Approval is required from the Unit Coordinator


Indo-Tibetan History Philosophy is an intensive introduction to Buddhist philosophy, Tibetan Buddhist hermeneutics and Tibetan history and culture. Students study at the Central University of Tibetan Studies (CUTS) and are taught by staff of that institute. Lectures on Tibetan politics, art, music and medicine are also given; and students participate in various ancillary activities, including Indian cultural programs, tours of Varanasi and travel to important Buddhist sites in India, including Bodh Gaya, Raj Ghir and the ruins of Nalanda University. Each student is assigned a student colleague drawn from the student body of the CUTS who will help in acculturation and give a 'student's eye view' of Tibetan culture.

In the third week, students embark on a guided educational tour around India. During this week-long tour, students are offered an opportunity to enjoy the sights of some of India’s world heritage listed historical, cultural and architecture sites such as the famous Taj-Mahal in the North, or the incredible Ajanta and Ellora caves in the East.

The unit aims to expose students to critical philosophical theories and concepts germane to the study of Indian Buddhist philosophy texts.


Unit name Indo-Tibetan History, Philosophy and Culture
Unit code HPA276
Credit points 25
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline Philosophy and Gender Studies
Coordinator Doctor Sonam Thakchoe
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


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Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate knowledge of the historical development, methodology and philosophical positions within a range of Buddhist philosophies
  • critically analyse philosophical positions and arguments from a range of Buddhist Philosophical schools
  • develop your own philosophical position, construct an argument to defend that position and to identify and address challenges to your own position
  • communicate both verbally and in writing using philosophical language and academic style. These learning outcomes guide the assessment for this unit

Fee Information

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25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty


Teaching Pattern

Two weeks of orientation seminars (2 hours each); three weeks in India with 5 hour classes x 5 days each week; plus online discussions

AssessmentOrientation participation (10%)|Take-home exam (40%)|Academic journal (50%)
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